Build my Business by Offering Free Stuff? Why?
Do you want a Web site that generates more business? Thatís what most of us want.
Once I decided to create and manage my own Web site, I began studying how to build a
site that would reach out and touch potential clients.
As I immersed myself in cyber-information, one phrase kept popping up: "give free
stuff." At first, this turned me off. Giving something free sounded like a gimmick.
Then I realized that the information I used to learn HTML, Web architecture, and
marketing techniques was almost all free: tutorials, graphics, site analyzers,
graphics crunchers, message boards, etc.
Having time but no money, I began searching for a give-away... something for my
visitors. Finally, I invented Webgrammar, a woman willing to encourage people with
problems in grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage. Further, she
would provide links to sites and articles helpful to Web designers, students,
educators, and writers.
My Internet business began taking off once I created Webgrammarís Place. But I had
more to learn. I kept hearing from respected Internet leaders that being part of a
vibrant Internet community is as important as offering something free. Networking.
This is a valuable marketing tool that far too many people unknowingly dismiss.
And thereís even more: if you offer a quality product or service, prove it. Reveal that
yours is a business site, especially the first page first screen. Clearly explain your
business. Describe how you can help potential clients with their problems... their
challenges. Let them know you understand their perspectives. I know, I know... itís not easy!
Tie in your free offerings as part of your product or service. Please donít plaster
free offering boxes and phrases all over that important piece of real estate while
inserting a weak little sentence that says, "...by the way, just in case youíre
interested, Iím a marketing coach."
Take free stuff, networking, and clear definition and blend them with patience,
hard work, and a sense of humor. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Judy Vorfeld - Office Support Services - Arizona (623)876-8168 Website Analysis; Book,
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